A Bit of Henry James

No doubt my mind would be a more orderly place if I started every day with a passage from Henry James. Here’s a bit that struck me in The Europeans (1878):

Felix had a confident, gaily trenchant way of judging human actions which Mr Wentworth grew little by little to envy; it seemed like criticism made easy. Forming an opinion–say on a person’s conduct–was with Mr Wentworth a good deal like fumbling in a lock with a key chosen at hazard. He seemed to himself to go about the world with a big bunch of these ineffectual instruments at his girdle. His nephew, on the other hand, with a single turn of the wrist, opened any door as adroitly as a house thief.